Lounge Sessions: Live Music at Hotel Blue

Jan

25

Time: Every Friday evenings & Sunday afternoon
Location: Hotel Blue, Katoomba

Hotel Blue’s Guest Lounge and Parlour Bar are perfect as a relaxed, intimate space for live music. There is live jazz every Friday evening and live music of various genres every Sunday afternoon (free admission). Occasionally there are ticketed shows on other nights of the week, and there are also some ticketed show coming up in Hotel Blue’s upstairs venue “The Attic.”

As part of the Blue Mountains Roaring Twenties Festival, there will also be live jazz every Saturday evening in February 2015, in addition to Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

The Parlour Bar showcases a range of 1920s-inspired cocktails, including forgotten gems such as the “Bee’s Knees,”  the “Gin Rickey” and the “South Side”, as well as old favourites like the Martini, the Sidecar and the Mint Julep.

A casual lunch/dinner menu, featuring gourmet pizzas, mouth-watering pierogi (Polish dumplings) and more, is available from the Parlour Bar and Café 88 on Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons/evenings and Sunday afternoons. Hotel Blue’s Sisters Blue Restaurant is also open every Friday and Saturday evening, offering a more formal menu.

Lounge Sessions will be in swing on the following dates, in the intimate setting of Hotel Blue’s spacious Guest Lounge and Parlour Bar.

Sunday
25 January
2015
1:00-3:00 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) The Ragged GentlemenRagged Gentlemen are a roots and folk-rock band featuring gutsy vocals, harmonica, and an eclectic mix of stringed instruments. Originals and covers. Free admission

 

Friday
30 January
2015
6:30-8:30 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Summer Sessions with PassionBe swept away by Passion’s renditions of timeless jazz tunes Free admission

 

Sunday
1 February
2015
1:00-3:00 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Hep to the JiveSwingin’ tunes from the Katoomba Jazz Quartet Free admission

 

Friday
6 February
2015
6:30-8:30 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Prohibition JazzBe swept away by Passion’s renditions of timeless jazz tunes immortalised by the crooners of the 20s and 30s Free admission

 

Saturday
7 February
2015
6:30-8:30 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Big Easy JazzNew Orleans style jazz with the Lonely Swingers. Kick back with a “Big Easy” cocktail and enjoy the sounds of Bourbon Street, Katoomba Free admission

 

Sunday
8 February
2015
1:00-3:00 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Hep to the JiveSwingin’ tunes from the Katoomba Jazz Quartet Free admission

 

Friday
13 February
2015
6:30-8:30 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Prohibition JazzBe swept away by Passion’s renditions of timeless jazz tunes immortalised by the crooners of the 20s and 30s Free admission

 

Saturday
14 February
2015
6:30-8:30 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Big Easy JazzNew Orleans style jazz with the Lonely Swingers. Kick back with a “Big Easy” cocktail and enjoy the sounds of Bourbon Street, Katoomba Free admission

 

Sunday
15 February
2015
1:00-3:00 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Hep to the JiveSwingin’ tunes from the Katoomba Jazz Quartet Free admission

 

Friday
20 February
2015
6:30-8:30 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Prohibition JazzBe swept away by Passion’s renditions of timeless jazz tunes immortalised by the crooners of the 20s and 30s Free admission

 

Saturday
21 February
2015
6:30-8:30 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Big Easy JazzNew Orleans style jazz with the Lonely Swingers. Kick back with a “Big Easy” cocktail and enjoy the sounds of Bourbon Street, Katoomba Free admission

 

Sunday
22 February
2015
1:00-3:00 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Hep to the JiveSwingin’ tunes from the Katoomba Jazz Quartet Free admission

 

Wednesday
25 February
2015
From 7:00 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Tángalo Tour
with Duo Ramirez Satorre
Tángalo are a Sydney-based tango quintet who perform a mix of original compositions and existing tangos. Tángalo use Violin, Guitar, Double Bass, Flute, Accordion, Piano and Voices to create a sound that is is beguiling and vividly personal. The dazzling instrumental lines and impassioned vocals reference both the poetic background of tango music, and something considerably more modern.More details
Admission:
Adults $30.00;
Concession price $25.00BOOK NOW

 

Friday
27 February
2015
6:30-8:30 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Prohibition JazzBe swept away by Passion’s renditions of timeless jazz tunes immortalised by the crooners of the 20s and 30s Free admission

 

Saturday
28 February
2015
6:30-8:30 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Big Easy JazzNew Orleans style jazz with the Lonely Swingers. Kick back with a “Big Easy” cocktail and enjoy the sounds of Bourbon Street, Katoomba Free admission

 

Sunday
22 March
2015
1:00-3:00 pm(Lounge/Parlour Bar) Vintage Blues & Bluegrass with Chris OChris Okunbor is a solo artist, based in the Blue Mountains, Australia. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, she arrives at gigs carrying her gear like a pack pony ~ juggling dobro, banjo, ukes, and plain ole guitars.Chris channels the music of the great Old-timers like Memphis Minnie, Skip James, Son House, and Fred McDowell, playing a whole load of jelly-roll and jinx ~ Blues the way it used to be!She also draws on the grassroots traditions of Ireland and England with interpretations of timeless folk music, and her own songs.More details Free admission

 

Sunday
22 March
2015
Doors open 6:00 pm.Show starts 6:30 pm.(Upstairs in “The Attic”) The Underscore OrkestraGypsy jazz, Balkan, Klezmer & Swing with the Underscore Orkestra from Portland, Oregon.Support act: The Squeezebox TrioMore details $11.50 pre-sale (incl. online booking fee)BOOK NOWOr $15 at the door

 

Sunday
26 April
2015
Doors open 6:00 pm.Show starts 6:30 pm.(Upstairs in “The Attic”) The Beez
“Don’t Mention the Wall”
Original Songs, stories, short films and slides from the fall of the Berlin Wall and beyond, with native Berliner Deta Rayner (accordion/voice) and Australian expat and Berlin resident since 1988 Rob Rayner (guitar/voice). From Balkan to Bluegrass, Polka to Punk and Klezmer to Cabaret, this is the unadulterated truth about the dramatic post-Wall banana shortage, East German Country and Western harmonica production and Stasi-assisted sound checks, all from a uniquely German/Australian perspective.More details
$21.50 pre-sale (incl. online booking fee)BOOK NOWOr $25 at the door

 

Saturday
16 May
2015
Doors open 6:30 pm.Show starts 7:00 pm.(Upstairs in “The Attic”) Alturas “sin palabras” album launchAlturas are a Sydney-based quintet specialising in the performance of contemporary tango music with distinct jazz influences.Inspired by the music of Argentina, ‘Alturas’ combines influences from classical, latin and tango to create a unique blend of haunting melodies with jazz-inspired solos.

More details

$26.50 pre-sale (incl. online booking fee)BOOK NOWOr $30 at the door

 

Past gigs

Friday
23 January
2015
6:30-8:30 pm Rebirth of the CoolWith local Blue Mountains jazz trio Axiom, featuring vocalist Rachel Hannan, playing smooth, easy-listening modern jazz, latin and funk Free admission
Sunday
18 January
2015
1:00-3:00 pm Noam Blat trioNoam’s music has been shaped by his years of travel around the world. Born and raised in Israel, he spent time busking the world with his guitar. Along the way, Noam lived in Varanasi to study Indian music, before settling down in Sydney, Australia. As a result, his original music is a heart-felt mix of guitar, flute, sitar and voice; influenced by the traditional sounds of India, the Middle East and Spain. Lyrics are sung in both English and Hebrew, and are always bound to take audiences on an unexpected journey. Free admission
Friday
16 January
2015
6:30-8:30 pm Mood SwingLive jazz, featuring vocalist Metea Free admission
Friday
9 January
2015
6:30-8:30 pm Summer Sessions with PassionBe swept away by Passion’s renditions of timeless jazz tunes Free admission
Friday
2 January
2015
6:30-8:30 pm Rebirth of the CoolWith local Blue Mountains jazz trio Axiom, featuring vocalist Rachel Hannan, playing smooth, easy-listening modern jazz, latin and funk Free admission
Friday
26 December
2014
6:30-8:30 pm Hep to the JiveSwingin’ tunes from the Katoomba Jazz Quartet Free admission
Friday
19 December
2014
6:30-8:30 pm Christmas JazzWith Passion Free admission
Friday
5 December
2014
7:00-9:00 pm The EscalatorsJazz. Funk. Soul. Reggae. More grooves than a record store. Free admission
Saturday
22 November
2014
3:00-4:30 pm “Sing with Soul and Conviction” Workshop
with Jo Jo Smith
Jo Jo Smith is an Australian singer-songwriter, with a passion for a diverse range of musical styles, including blues, soul, funk, R&B, Latin and jazz. For a taste of Jo Jo Smith’s original songs and also her interpretations of other artists’ songs, visit www.jojosmithsoul.com.
Workshop cost:
Adults $30.00;
Concession price $25.00
Thursday
20 November
2014
From 7:00 pm Jo Jo Smith with Steve GrieveA diverse, lyrical musical journey of blues, soul, funk, R&B, Latin and jazz
For a taste of Jo Jo Smith’s original songs and also her interpretations of other artists’ songs, visit www.jojosmithsoul.com.
Admission:
Adults $25.00;
Concession price $20.00
Friday 24 October
2014
6:30-8:30 pm Music for Mad MenA themed evening of 1960s Lounge Jazz with Passion, featuring songs from the hit TV series “Mad Men” and quintessential 1960s cocktails Free admission
Thursday
25 September
2014
From 7:00 pm MalachiA local Blue Mountains singer-songwriter, performing a solo concert showcasing his soulful, original songs, with velvety vocals and guitar accompaniment Admission:
Adults $25.00;
Concession price $20.00
Saturday
6 September
2014
From 6:30 pm Paganini DuoGustaw Szelski (violin) & Georg Mertens (guitar)
CD Launch: 25 Years of Playing Together
With the release of their latest CD, the Katoomba-based Paganini Duo celebrates 25 years of creating their signature gypsy music, which they performed for many years to great acclaim at their hugely popular concerts in the Cathedral Chamber at the Jenolan Caves.
Admission:
$10.00
Tickets at the door
Thursday
28 August
2014
From 7:00 pm Horse & WoodFeaturing John Robinson and Bukhu Ganburged, renowned Mongolian horse-head fiddle player and throat singer Admission:
Adults $25.00;
Concession price $20.00
Thursday
26 June
2014
From 7:00 pm Lucie ThorneLauded for her unique voice, poetic lyricism, and tender-to-gutsy electric guitar playing, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne has earned her place as one of the most striking lyricists and voices of Australian contemporary song.More details Admission:
Adults $25.00;
Concession price $20.00